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While Lincecum sits, Giants fall to Padres, lose ground to Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants need injured ace Tim Lincecum down the stretch. His replacement wasn't half bad.

Chase Headley hit a home run and singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the San Diego Padres spoiled an impressive major league debut by San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night.

San Francisco fell three games behind Colorado in the NL wild-card race after the Rockies beat Cincinnati 3-1.

"We need to get [Lincecum] out there on the mound," catcher Bengie Molina said. "Very tough. Any time you lose at this stage, at this time, it's going to be a tough loss."

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Will Venable hit a tying solo home run in the sixth and Kevin Kouzmanoff also connected for the Padres, who won in the Giants' waterfront ballpark for only the second time in eight games this year.

Luke Gregerson (1-3) recorded the final out of the seventh for his first major league victory. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 39 chances.

Headley singled against Jeremy Affeldt (1-2), who hadn't allowed a run in seven outings and 10 of his previous 12.

Bumgarner was called up from Double-A Connecticut and pitched in place of Lincecum. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is nursing inflammation in his back and the Giants expect him to make his next turn in the rotation.

"There's a part of me that likes seeing the best pitchers in the game pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said, referring to Lincecum's absence. "We've been playing pretty good ball the last six weeks. It's sort of been a trend of this club all year. Our guys keep it going during the course of the game. We're pesky."

Bumgarner, an imposing left-hander, walked off to a standing ovation and tipped his cap to the crowd after giving way to Brandon Medders with one out in the sixth.

"It took about 'til the fifth inning for the nerves to wear off," Bumgarner said. "I just made some bad pitches. They'll take advantage more than in the minor leagues. A lot better hitters for sure."

Bumgarner gave up the two home runs for his lone runs. He struck out four and walked one, throwing 76 pitches and 48 for strikes.

He knelt down moments before throwing his first pitch, then received a quick pep talk from second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Bumgarner threw a 91 mph strike on his first pitch then got Everth Cabrera on a comebacker on a full count for the first out.

Kouzmanoff's drive leading off the fourth tied the game at 2, then Eugenio Velez's infield single in the bottom half put San Francisco ahead. Venable's home run in the seventh made it 3-3.

Kouzmanoff later left the game with a strained left calf.

The 20-year-old Bumgarner has made a rapid ascent through the farm system, similar to that of Lincecum, who was the 10th pick in the 2006 draft. Lincecum spent only one full season in the minors before being called up in 2007.

Bumgarner found out about 3½ hours before the first pitch from manager Bruce Bochy that he would be starting and did some last-minute preparation with Molina and pitching coach Dave Righetti.

"He showed good poise out there," Bochy said. "He didn't get rattled after the home runs and came back and made pitches."

Bumgarner -- who thought he would be pitching Wednesday in the Double-A playoffs -- got the call Monday that he was coming to San Francisco. His fiancée, Ali Saunders, flew to the Bay Area from North Carolina on Tuesday to join him.

He was a combined 12-2 between Double-A Connecticut and Class A San Jose this season and had gone 5-0 since his lone loss for Connecticut on June 13.

One fan wearing Lincecum's No. 55 jersey taped a piece of paper with Bumgarner's name over Lincecum.

"It's an honor they know who you are," Bumgarner said.

At 20 years and 38 days, Bumgarner became the fourth-youngest San Francisco pitcher to make his big league debut and the second-youngest in franchise history to start behind Mike McCormick, who was 17 years, 342 days when he debuted in 1956.

Former Giant Kevin Correia struck out five in six solid innings but didn't get a decision after winning his two previous starts.

Notes

  • The Padres are 24-16 since July 28.
  • San Diego leads the season series 8-6.
  • San Diego is giving its starters an extra day and RHP Edward Mujica will make a spot start at home Friday vs. Colorado.
  • The Padres recalled LHPs Aaron Poreda and Cesar Ramos from Triple-A Portland. Now, San Diego has three of the four players up who the Padres received in the trade-deadline deal with Chicago that sent 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy to the White Sox.
 
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San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez slides past Bengie Molina with the winning run in the eighth inning.  (AP)
San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez slides past Bengie Molina with the winning run in the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Headley
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4000110 .261
David Eckstein, 2B4000103 .266
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110001 .273
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B5121011 .257
    Eliezer Alfonzo, C0000000 .180
Chase Headley, LF-3B4132000 .259
Oscar Salazar, RF3000001 .357
    Tony Gwynn Jr., CF0000000 .258
   a- Luis Rodriguez, PH1000002 .211
    Drew Macias, CF0000000 .174
Will Venable, CF-RF3121010 .279
Nick Hundley, C-LF4000014 .220
Kevin Correia, P2010010 .136
   b- Edgar Gonzalez, PH1010000 .202
    Adam Russell, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   c- Henry Blanco, PH1000003 .231
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Totals36410425  
a-grounded out for Gwynn in the 8th
b-singled for Correia in the 7th
c-grounded out for Gregerson in the 8th
Batting
HR - Kevin Kouzmanoff (17, Bumgarner), Chase Headley (11, Bumgarner), Will Venable (10, Medders)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (84), Chase Headley 2 (52), Will Venable (32)
SB - Edgar Gonzalez (1, 2nd base off Romo/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
San Diego Padres
Kevin Correia 6833151 4.30
Adam Russell 0.2100100 1.50
Luke Gregerson (W,1-3) 0.1000000 3.03
Ryan Webb (H,1) 1000020 4.24
Heath Bell (S,36) 1000000 2.02
WP - Kevin Correia (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 113-76, Adam Russell 13-5, Luke Gregerson 3-2, Ryan Webb 15-10, Heath Bell 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 6-6, Adam Russell 1-1, Ryan Webb 1-0, Heath Bell 1-2
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 26, Adam Russell 4, Luke Gregerson 1, Ryan Webb 3, Heath Bell 3
San Francisco Giants
Eugenio Velez, LF3011210 .282
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4010012 .298
Pablo Sandoval, 1B4120001 .326
Bengie Molina, C4011003 .258
Juan Uribe, 3B4010002 .281
Randy Winn, RF3000021 .264
    Sergio Romo, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .500
   a- John Bowker, PH1000010 .194
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Aaron Rowand, CF4221010 .273
Edgar Renteria, SS4010000 .258
Madison Bumgarner, P2000012 .000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
    Nate Schierholtz, RF2000000 .271
Totals3539327  
a-struck out for Affeldt in the 8th
Batting
2B - Pablo Sandoval (40, Correia)
HR - Aaron Rowand (14, Correia)
RBI - Eugenio Velez (20), Bengie Molina (70), Aaron Rowand (57)
2-OUT RBI - Eugenio Velez (7), Bengie Molina (21)
CS - Eugenio Velez (3, 2nd base by Correia/Hundley)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uribe-F. Sanchez-Sandoval
San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner 5.1522142 3.38
Brandon Medders 1.1211011 3.20
Sergio Romo 0.1000100 4.55
Jeremy Affeldt (L,1-2) 1311000 1.89
Bob Howry 1000000 3.40
HBP - Venable (by Jeremy Affeldt), Gonzalez (by Bob Howry)
Pitches-Strikes - Madison Bumgarner 76-48, Brandon Medders 22-15, Sergio Romo 7-3, Jeremy Affeldt 15-9, Bob Howry 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Madison Bumgarner 9-2, Brandon Medders 1-2, Jeremy Affeldt 2-1, Bob Howry 1-2
Batters Faced - Madison Bumgarner 21, Brandon Medders 6, Sergio Romo 2, Jeremy Affeldt 7, Bob Howry 4
Game Information
Attendance - 34524
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke